I have some questions to ask:
**How important is a High School diploma in terms of gaining employment in an art related field like: Cartooning and/or Animation, Children's Book Illustration, ect, kind of job?
To any proffessionals in studios or educators of art and cartoons:
**Would you still hire someone who does not have a HS Diploma, even if their portfolio was totaly kick ass?
I have a diploma and an Associate's, but I have a friend who thinks that it is not important to have AT LEAST a diploma. This person is a really talented artist who runs her own pet caricature business, and a webcomic on the side. But she is having difficulty with finishing up the rest of her schooling and getting the diploma. She tends to use the excuse of: "I don't need a diploma, I just need a really great portfolio ..." And her artwork is really awesome - but I'm affraid that she's setting herself up for future failures by refusing to finish the classes needed to get that diploma.
I differ because I think you need AT LEAST a HS diploma (or GED) to get anywhere in almost any career field you plan to go into. And a diploma shows your accomplishment with basic schooling and makes it easier to go out and find jobs.
I sometimes wonder though - does an artist REALLY need a diploma to get by? Or could a boat load of talent make up for a lack of one? I dunno - I'm just looking into it because I'm am sure we have all had times when we wanted to give up on school and stuff and go it alone.
I tend to think of this senario:
You have 2 candidates for a cartoon job. Both have equaly great portfolios and very nice artwork. And both have more than enough artistic talent to qualify for the position. However - one has at least a High School diploma and the other does not. If I was the employer or director, manager, I would tend to choose the candidate who has the diploma. Even if the other person was equaly talented, I still think that getting and having the diploma says something and makes the person more employable.
I see a frightening trend with kids these days. They are somehow getting it into their heads that a diploma means nothing anymore so why bother getting one? It makes me mad cause I suffered through HS too, but at least I got the diploma. Please tell me it is still valueble to have at least a diploma? Maybe times have changed since I was a kid and a great portfolio IS all you need these days. I really hope that isn't the case. :confused:
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